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One Dead After Partial Bridge Collapse, I-35 Shut Down Near Salado

I-35 is closed in both directions just south of Salado, a town about 60 milesnorth of Austin, after an oversized tractor-trailer struck the FM 2484 overpass bridge under construction. The Texas Department of Transportation says the impact caused several beams to fall onto the highway. 

"I-35 is one of the busiest corridors in this state, so this is a significant impact to traffic in that area," TxDOT spokesperson David Glessner says. "Most importantly, we want to make sure the roadway stays closed so people remain safe." 

One person was killed and three people were injured in the accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

TxDOT offers this map of the crash location, traffic and detours. At this time, TxDOT officials say they don't have an estimate about when I-35 will reopen. TxDOT has offered these detour routes.

This post will be updated if more information becomes available.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.